Installing the springs is almost complete. I am choosing to install coil springs that are all hand tied together. This method is called “8-way hand tied.” The benefit of this method is that it is stronger, it lasts way longer, and is more comfortable than sinuous springs. Sinuous springs (or “S” springs) is what most furniture companies use today. They do the job, but like most things these days, they aren’t made to last. They also save furniture companies tons of time/money, because it is much easier/faster to install – unfortunately this means a lower quality sofa for the consumer. Installing the “8-way hand tied” springs takes probably 5X the time and is more costly for materials. Thats why if you buy a sofa that is truly “8-way hand tied” by a certified installer, it costs much more…...
In the first picture below, you can see that I’ve attached the platform to the arm rests. I did this by using 16 screws per side, all predrilled so the frame does not split on me (after all its just pine). Prior to attaching the platform to the arm rests, I laid out my springs to see where I needed to place my “jute webbing” on the underside of the sofa. The jute webbing is stapled to the bottom and stretched very tightly in a weave pattern. This is what the springs sit on. I hope you can see this from the 2nd picture down.
I will probably add some more jute webbing once the springs are completely tied, to give it some more strength. In the
In this next picture you can see I have started hand tying the springs. Can you guess why its called “8-way hand tied?” Once I am done, each spring will be attached to the frame 8 times, from 8 different directions. On top of that, each spring will be attached to every springs immediately surrounding it. In the picture below, i have gotten as far as “4-way hand tied.” I still need to tie them off in both diagonal ways. Once it is all tied, if you put pressure on one coil, every surrounding coil helps in taking the load. This makes for a VERY strong system to hold the weight of the people sitting on it. It also puts less pressure on the frame since more springs are absorbing the weight. With sinuous springs, each spring is attached to the frame in the front and back, and thats it – that puts a lot of pressure on the frame – which is why most of them don’t last very long.
Getting the springs just this far almost took 2-3 hours. And my fingers are killing me from running the Jute twine through each one of those!!! It will take probably another 2 hours to finish it.
Well thats all for now. For the next one I might show how to finish off the platform. Then all that is left is the back rest and the final piece of fabric that goes on the back of the sofa…then of course legs, and a dust cover for the bottom of the sofa. Thanks for reading!
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